Yesterday Ipl Match: Highlights from the Royal Challengers Bangalore vs. Gujarat Titans match: Shubman Gill outdid Virat Kohli by scoring two consecutive hundreds as Gujarat Titans defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final league match.
Gujarat Titans captain Hardik Pandya chose to field first against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Chinnaswamy Stadium following a 45-minute delay and hailstorm showers in Bangalore.
Royal Challengers Bangalore must win their final league stage game on Sunday after Mumbai Indians defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad to climb up to fourth place in the standings.
If RCB defeats GT, they will advance to the elimination match against the Lucknow Super Giants, which is still up for grabs as the final playoff position.
Playing XIs – Gujarat Titans: Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Hardik Pandya(c), Dasun Shanaka, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Mohit Sharma, Noor Ahmad, Mohammed Shami, Yash Dayal;
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis(c), Michael Bracewell, Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Anuj Rawat, Dinesh Karthik(w), Harshal Patel, Wayne Parnell, Mohammed Siraj, Vijaykumar Vyshak. Follow RCB vs GT highlights below
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RCB vs GT Live: Update from Chinnaswamy
It’s taking some time for the ground staff to remove the covers. The rain has stopped but the outfield is still wet. SubAir drainage system will be put to test tonight.
The players have taken the field for a warmup. The super soppers are on. Let the game begin, literally!
RCB vs GT Live: Not that far off now
“Ideally, it should take around 40 minutes for the game to start,” says Chris Gayle, who knows a thing or two about playing at the Chinnaswamy after a delay from the rain. “It happens once every year,” he’d told JioCinema earlier.
Scott Styris brings to light the fact, “The players wouldn’t have been on unless they would’ve had some idea about when the game is supposed to begin. The last thing you’d want now is for the players to organise their warmups and then the game to be pushed an hour and a half later.”
RCB vs GT Live: Big news from the middle!
After all the hullabaloo, the toss has been scheduled at 7:45 pm at the Chinnaswamy, match to begin at 8:00. WE’RE GETTING A FULL GAME ALRIGHT!
RCB vs GT Live: Toss
Right then Hardik Pandya and Faf du Plessis are out in the middle in full team kits. Javagal Srinath, the match referee, and Ravi Shastri join them. Time for the flip of the coin, FINALLY!
Hardik Pandya calls it right, Gujarat opt to bowl first.
RCB vs GT Live: Captains at the toss
Hardik Pandya: We are gonna bowl with the weather around. Just want to know how much we are going to chase. For us to win games and continue the momentum, I believe in good habits.
Just want to go out there and play some good cricket. For us this is as important game as the next game. We are playing the same team.
Faf du Plessis: You always want to chase because of the conditions, but the team batting first has done well here. It is a new one and the guys are motivated for this one. Just one change. Karn Sharma misses out and Himanshu Sharma replaces him.
RCB vs GT Live: Playing XIs
RCB: Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis(c), Michael Bracewell, Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Anuj Rawat, Dinesh Karthik(w), Harshal Patel, Wayne Parnell, Mohammed Siraj, Vijaykumar Vyshak
GT: Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Hardik Pandya(c), Dasun Shanaka, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Mohit Sharma, Noor Ahmad, Mohammed Shami, Yash Dayal
RCB vs GT Live: What’s at stake!
Folks, the final league stage game couldn’t have been more crucial for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Mumbai Indians have beaten Sunrisers Hyderabad to move fourth in the points table.
The final playoffs spot is still for the taking and if RCB beat Gujarat Titans, they will make it to the eliminator against the Lucknow Super Giants. What a game that’ll be!
RCB vs GT Live: Beware beware
The start to the game has been delayed. Just the slightest of drizzle has resumed at the Chinnaswamy. The ground staff is ready with the big covers by the boundary. The wicket has obviously been shielded.
RCB vs GT Live: Covers off
The pitch cover is off. Stumps being installed at the two ends. Dear weather gods, please do not interrupt now!
RCB vs GT Live: Off we go
Right then, the RCB openers, Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis walk in the middle. The Gujarat team have had their huddle. The umpires take the match ball. It’s game time, finally!
The Chinnaswamy crowd gives a big roar, they’ve been eyeing this since the first drop of a hailstorm shower was seen in the city of Bangalore. Mohammed Shami has the new ball. The countdown is on. Kohli on strike.
RCB vs GT Live: First runs on the board!
The ‘Kohli! Kohli!’ chants have been louder than the usual loud tonight. The home fans know the importance of this one. The former RCB skipper is feeling it. Goes for the cover drive after Shami dishes one outside off, uppish but safe and through the ropes for the first four.
Six runs come from the first over followed by the Gujarat players helping their bowler amp up with the ‘Bahot badia’ chants.
RCB vs GT Live: Field restrictions lifted
Gujarat bring in the other Afghan spinner from the other end. The left armer bowls in from over the wicket to the two right handers. Starts off well before he offers just the marginal of widths outside off to Kohli, who quickly shuffles outside the leg stump before piercing him through covers. End of the powerplay. Umpire signals the strategic timeout. 62/0 after six overs.
RCB vs GT Live: Century for Kohli!
Mohit Sharma to Virat Kohli, who drives it down to long on for a single. A second consecutive hundred for kohli, who now has more hundreds than any other batter in ipl.
Anuj Rawat takes over. Mauls Mohit Sharma with a maximum over wide long on before a misfield earns him another boundary. RCB finish at 197/5.
RCB vs GT Live: Siraj starts with fire
Welcome back to the chase. Wriddhima Saha and Shubman Gill are at the crease. Saha is on strike. Siraj will open the attack. And the Hyderabad pacer starts with a wide.
The next 4 balls are all dots as Siraj tries to make Saha play who obliges but can’t seem to get any bat to it. Gets an edge off the 5th delivery and it just falls short of the fielders. GT 2/0 after 1 over
RCB vs GT Live: The big over!
This was needed. Gujarat had had a quiet powerplay but this wraps it up nicely. Shubman Gill collects a boundary off a thick outside edge before Vijay Shankar sweet spots one with a straight bat down the ground for six and gets another thick outside edge past keeper for four.
Gujarat seem to have all the luck by their side on that matter. 52/1 at the end of the powerplay.
RCB vs GT Live: Another one goes!
Harshla Patel claims his first wicket of the eve. Dasun Shanaka goes without scoring. Is there a late twist in the game? Can RCB salvage a win from here?
A wild swing from the Sri Lanka captain induced an inside edge straight to deep mid wicket. Strategic timeout signalled from the umpire.
David Miller is the new man in. Gets served a dolly of a short ball outside leg first up, slower one, pulled behind for four. 16 overs gone, 155/3.
RCB vs GT Live: Right down the wire
“Oh, Shubman the sound of your bat tonight is unrivalled. And with every shot tonight you push a dagger right in the heart of RCB,” goes Ian Bishop on comms. And goodness me, he has. A full toss off Harshal is picked and dispatched over square leg for six. 11 come off the 19th. Eight needed off the last six.
RCB vs GT Live: Gujarat win
Eight to win off the last six. Gill on strike. Wayne Parnell has the ball and it slips off his hand for a monstrous wide to start off. Gill reviews it for a waist-high no ball. And it is. Free hit. Off he goes again, wide again.
RCB review it. Wide it is. Puts it in the slot and Gill dispatches it over long on to get his own consecutive hundred. GUJARAT HAVE WON. RCB ARE OUT OF IPL 2023. PIN DROP SILENCE AROUND THE GROUND.
RCB vs GT Live: Take it in for a moment
Wherever you are, whoever you are, yes you, take this all in. A game with a playoffs spot for the taking. A hundred, one ranging from a bookload of cricketing shots from a player they adjectivize has ‘king’. Around 200 runs to chase. 33/1 after five overs.
A masterful knock takes shape. From the one they identify as ‘heir apparent’. Promoting his own book of shots. Replicates the other. Two hundreds. Two back-to-back hundred scorers. Take a breath, wherever you are, whoever you are. Yes you. Take your time to take this all in.